Today marks two weeks into 2020, and hopefully that means, you, reader have been able to stay committed to any New Year’s Resolutions you might have made. My resolution was to practice what I was preaching in Common Sense Reborn, specifically in regards to removing all distractions in my life. I made a career jump at the end of 2019 that has made it easy for me to not be consumed by distractions from this world. I am so busy with this new career that even though I only “work” until five, sometimes six, each night, I have homework and studying that takes a few hours, and then prepping for the next day, which is another 30-45 minutes. So I only have, at best, an hour to give to my wife and children before they go to bed. Because of all this, it was easy to avoid social media for the last two weeks. And being clean from these distractions allows me to constantly see how bad electronics have destroyed our society. Everyone’s got their nose in their phone, constantly. I was one of those people. I still get distracted by my phone because I’m responding to group texts, or reading the news. This is extremely damaging to our relationships with our children. And America knows it. There are more and more articles and studies coming out about how distracted we have become due to “social” media and our electronic devices. I know all of this and I still allow my phone to take away from the precious time I have with my family here on Earth. Reader, I ask that you take a good look at how much you are on your phone. If you need help, set some limits on your phone, or empower your family to call you out when you are allowing an electronic distract you from the importance of what’s happening in the present. This is my rant for the day. I apologize for the length. May God bless you and help set you free.
34”Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”(Matthew 10:34)
This is a hard passage to explain. It’s definitely not one that is readily quoted, but I wanted to put it in this devotion because when you read the Bible, there are a lot of difficult verses that don’t seem to chive with the rest of the “Good Book.” Verse 35 is even more disheartening, and much different than what Jesus is usually preaching. The Prince of Peace sounds anything but that in verses 34-35, and I can not offer any explanation on my own without having to point you to a secondary, more thorough source. But that is the point of this quote: sometimes the answers aren’t easy to see. Sometimes you have to do some research, some digging. In these instances you have to trust the experts, the pastors that preach a consistent message of peace and love and the unending forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Those are the experts to seek when you get to verses like these where you ask yourself if what is written really means what it states.
But perhaps Jesus meant exactly what He said. Perhaps He knew that the truth He spoke would turn men against their fathers, daughters against their mothers. It’s the younger generation that sees and understands change and progression. When the older generations are stuck in hate and ways of the past, the world looks to the youth to make a stand. We’ve seen generation after generation get the message of the Bible wrong. But it should not just be the youth of this generation that finally sees the Truth and the Way. Love is the answer. Jesus may have talked tough in this verse, but for the majority of the New Testament He preaches peace and love. His sword is that of truth. And He came to wage war with hatred, ignorance, and hypocrisy. That war still wages on today. It’s time love wins.
Reading plan: Matthew Chapter 12
Deeper reading plan: add on Exodus Chapters 5-13
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and ask God to speak truth to you as you read the tougher verses and passages in the Bible.
Fitness challenge: Cardio, jog/run for 14 minutes.